When the season started, basically everyone thought the Colts’ last “tough” game would be last week, against Houston, with two proverbial cakewalks in Weeks 16 and 17. Boy, were we all wrong. What a difference a year makes. Excuse me, what a difference a Coach makes. The Chiefs, with practically the same roster as last season, with the exception of Alex Smith, have made the biggest turnaround since the Colts. This game has surprising playoff implications and could even be a playoff preview.
The Colts walk into the loud and proud Arrowhead Stadium with many wounded and several underperforming. The Chiefs have slowed significantly since their hot start to the season. The Colts are phenomenal against top teams and underperform against so-so teams. Same idea for KC, but in the opposite. Chiefs are only 1-2 against teams with a winning record.
The Colts’ offensive line must show up. Andrew Luck will have no chance if he doesn’t get any protection. Trent will likely see an enlarged role this week after Brown’s injury. The Chiefs’ defense is legit. They have playmakers all over, and their coaches put them in a position to succeed.
Defensively, the Colts must contain Jamaal Charles. Easier said than done, right? He single handedly got 5 TDs… last week. However, the Defense can’t completely sell out to stop Charles, because Alex Smith can do just enough damage. Andy Reid has put Charles and Smith in positions to succeed, something Pep Hamilton started to do last week with Luck and Trent.
It’s amazing how much difference a quality coach can make, see Andy Reid in KC this year, Bruce Arians in Indy last year and ARI this year. I do think the Colts can come in and beat the Chiefs. However, the Colts are undermanned and the Chiefs are healthy. That may be the biggest factor in this game. I don’t think the Colts will get blown out, and could even pull out a win, but it will be a truly team effort. Let’s hope the Colts can heat things up in KC and BBQ the Chiefs.